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  • Trivia

    • George was listed at #73 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

    • George is good friends with Michael Wolff and Polly Draper.

    • He has a DVD out called Why Are You Crying?.

    • In a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, he claimed that he and Carlos Mencia were involved in a physical altercation at a comedy club. Lopez alleged that Mencia appropriated 13 minutes of Lopez' material without permission for his HBO comedy special.

    • He was a featured celebrity golfer in The 2004 Chrysler Bob Hope Classic and the 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He and his pro partner finished third in the Pebble Beach event. George was the top ranking celebrity at completion of the golf tournament.

    • In August 2005, Time magazine named him as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America.

    • He likes to play a lot of golf.

    • He has never known who his real father was.

    • He suffers from a genetic defect which causes his kidneys to malfunction. In April 2005, he received a transplanted kidney from his Cuban-American wife, Ann; they have been married since 1993 and have a daughter, Mayan, born in 1996.

    • As of 2006 he is only the fourth Latino ever to head a sitcom, the first two being Desi Arnaz ("I Love Lucy" (1951)), Freddie Prinze ("Chico and the Man" (1974)) and Paul Rodriguez ("a.k.a. Pablo" (1984)).

    • He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (March 29, 2006).

    • On April 25, 2005, he had a successful kidney transplant surgery using an organ donated by his wife, Ana Serrano.

    • George Lopez's character on George Lopez (2002) was ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue).

    • His 2003 live comedy album, "Team Leader", was nominated for the "Best Comedy Album" Grammy in 2004, up against albums by Garrison Keillor, ''Weird Al' Yankovic', Margaret Cho and David Cross.

    • He is a disc jockey on MEGA 92.3 in Los Angeles.

    • Turned down a role in Desperado because he didn't want to be in films that promoted negative images of Latinos.

    • He plays the song "Low Rider" before doing shows.

    • George stands at 5'10" tall (1.77 meters).

    • This is the first Latino show to have more than 90 episodes (5 seasons), the record is 4 episodes.

    • He was one of the many witnesses in the Michael Jackson trial.

    • In October 2003, he became one of the few comedians to be able to sell-out Los Angeles' historic Universal Amphitheater for three straight nights (Oct. 10-12).

    • Sandra Bullock gave George his break into TV stardom with her own production company when she sent out a scout to check the clubs for Latino talent because there were no Hispanic shows on TV.

  • Quotes

    • George: (About golfer Lee) There's no one I admire more than Lee. To be Mexican-American at a time when our culture was really invisible, and to slay the best golfers in the world with a homemade, 'freehand' swing, which is such a Mexican thing, and for me to see that with the big eyes of a kid, as a lot of young kids connect success to Tiger, I connect my success to Lee. It turned out we both grew up knowing what it's like to be alone, we both learned how to mask some of that by being funny, and now to know him and love him, and have him love me more than anyone from my own upbringing, to have him call me 'My boy,' man, that's it.

    • George: (About golf) I was on this run of natural and net birdies. I hit my second shot into the woods, but against my caddie's advice, I decided to try to hit a pitching wedge over the trees. I caught it a little fat, but it got over, and when it hit the front edge of the green, it released. All I could see was the top of the flag, but as the ball kept rolling there was this crescendo from the gallery that exploded when it just missed the hole. I ran out of the trees with my arms up. When I pulled them down, I had to wipe my eyes because I was crying.

    • George: I didn't come from a background where I saw a lot of loving couples. All my aunts and uncles were either split up or fighting all the time. The only healthy relationships I saw were on TV.

    • George: (About actors who he'd like to work with) Humphrey Bogart. He was really cool. Also Bette Davis and Ava Gardner, who was so beautiful back when there was no Botox. You just put, like, hemorrhoid cream under your eyes.

    • George: (About his daughter) She's a lot like me. We were playing Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and she was sitting on my lap. I didn't know what the flag of Tunisia was, and I wasn't getting it from the clues. After four tries she looks at me and says, "You didn't go to college, did you?" She's hilarious! That was a Lopez put-down!

    • George: (About his success) I've gotten to a place where I am comfortable and I don't battle myself. I'm further ahead than I ever thought I'd be. I've exceeded everyone's expectations. Including, I think, my own.

    • George: My wife gave me a book before we got married, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. She was trying to tell me something, about what I was capable of, but I didn't get it. Over time, I've sort of lived the message in that book, and I couldn't have without what golf taught me. So I put it in my bag while I played the Old Course, and on the last hole when I posed on the Swilcan Bridge, I held it up.

    • George: I love comedy and I would write things to myself as an exercise in writing. I didn't do well for years, and I quit. I started to break down why I was afraid and started to look at people I admired, like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Freddie Prinze, George Carlin and all. I said, To get to where they are, they all have had to endure bad nights and it's not easy. If the worst thing that can happen is that nobody laughs, then I can deal with that, because the worst thing that can happen at the factory is that I could lose a limb or be crushed by a huge machine.

    • George: My wife gave me a book before we got married, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. She was trying to tell me something, about what I was capable of, but I didn't get it. Over time, I've sort of lived the message in that book, and I couldn't have without what golf taught me. So I put it in my bag while I played the Old Course, and on the last hole when I posed on the Swilcan Bridge, I held it up.

    • George: Life is moments going by, but if you don't grab them, they're gone. For a long time, the only moments that were available were bad ones. So now I make sure to grab the good ones.

    • George: We have so many people in the camp that it's difficult for everybody to find a porta-potty. With 90,000 people at a game, you can imagine 10,000 standing in line.

    • George: It means a lot in that I always felt invisible and I was louder in my own head than I was verbally, ... I was torturing myself, wanting to say things and not knowing how to be. The stand-up was a way out but it never came easy. So to have something that's named after me make it, and that has history tied to Desi and Freddie and now Freddie Jr., it's unbelievable to me because I never really thought anything good would happen to me.

    • George: Shows should just be able to be shows without hyphenating their lead characters, ... (With) us, they feel like they need to somehow label it to say, `All right, this is what you're going to be watching, so are you sure you want to watch?' But they don't do it to people who are Jewish or African American. Because we have the muscle but we need the voice to say you can't do that to us. Just watch because you think the shows are funny.

    • George: When I look at the Gospel, I see how it is speaking to me at this time. I see how to be to others and it helps.

    • George: (About his golfing) The putts break toward the diamond lane on the freeway here. I had a putt break toward a call box, so I know it depends on what lane. I missed a two-footer because a guy was changing his tire in my line.

    • George: (About his golfing) I actually graze at several of the homes while I'm playing. There a lot of food going on. I drink and eat and use the restrooms in a lot of the houses. What better way to really get closer to the fans than to steal their soap from the restrooms as they allow you to enter their homes?

    • George: I think it's easier for African American and white comics to be praised than it is Latinos because they think our culture or our humor is substandard, ... I mean, I just don't think they want to give us credit. I just don't think that they see us as important enough to be at their level. . . . I'm the longest-produced (comedy) at Warner Bros. and I don't feel special. They come over and say hello. But everybody's gonna make a lot of money and I don't feel like I'm special to them.

    • George: It means a lot in that I always felt invisible, and I was louder in my own head than I was verbally, ... I was torturing myself, wanting to say things and not knowing how to be. The stand-up was a way out but it never came easy. So to have something that's named after me make it, and that has history tied to Desi and Freddie and now Freddie Jr., it's unbelievable to me because I never really thought anything good would happen to me.

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